A former Kansas bail bondsman was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing his son and feeding his remains to pigs.
According to ABC News, the 7-year-old boy endured abuse and starvation before he was killed. His father, 46-year-old Michael Jones, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree murder in the 2015 death of son Adrian Jones.
In the courtroom, Michael turned his chair away from Adrian’s mother, grandmother and sister. He never made eye contact with them as they addressed the judge and him, according to the report.
"You do not deserve a second chance," Keiona Doctor, the late boy's 21-year-old sister, told Michael. "You do not deserve sunlight as a free man."
Heather Jones, 31, is also serving a life sentence for the boy’s death. She was sentenced in November. She claimed she felt helpless to protect Adrian and herself from her abusive husband. However, police said she also participating in abusing the child.
After Adrian died, his death wasn't reported to authorities. His remains were found in November on Michael’s rental property after officers learned the child was missing. They discovered he was missing while they were responding to a report that Michael Jones had attacked his wife.
During Monday's hearing, a police investigator — Detective Stuart Littlefield — said publicly for the first time that "what was left of (Adrian's body) was fed to his pigs." According to ABC, he was often choking back tears as he recalled what the boy went through.
Videos and digital photos from the Jones' home that showed the abuse Adrian suffered in his life: He had a makeshift cell in a shower stall that he was confined to. Adrian was sometimes strapped to an inversion table. He was also made to stand in a swimming pool overnight, up to his neck in stagnant water. Videos also revealed that Adrian was beaten with the end of a broom handle. Alarms were kept on the family's food so that he couldn't take any when he was hungry.
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